SAN DIEGO -- J.J. Putz remains the Diamondbacks closer, but he may not be the only reliever placed in save situations in the near future.
The D-backs saw Putzs fastball velocity drop from 95 mph to 89 mph when he was used three times in four days recently, and manager Kirk Gibson said he will try to do a better job of managing Putzs workload. Putz either warmed up for or appeared in eight of 11 games during the D-backs recent stretch of 16 games without an off day.
Im going to be more proactive, yes. I may not pitch him two days in a row. I may pitch him two and give him two off, Gibson said before the D-backs opened a three-game series in San Diego on Friday.
We need to get J.J. on track. J.J. is my closer. I am going to make sure I monitor and give him a chance to build back up and get back into the season. Hes 36 years old. Thats the way it is. I want to give him a better chance to be successful, thats for sure. I dont want to push him as hard as I did. Well do what we have to...